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The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29, esv)!
People often say, “I’m good enough for heaven. I don’t need Jesus.” As if they can choose heaven without choosing faith. As if they’d fit right in there, just showing up, claiming they don’t need a Savior.
But that’s not what heaven is like. That’s not what heaven is for. Heaven is no place for people who are pretty sure they’ve got their sins covered without needing anyone else to do it for them. Heaven is for people who understand and embrace Jesus Christ as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” for which there is no other “good enough” option.The One who knows us has provided a Lamb whose blood can fit us for heaven. Click To Tweet
If you’re not sure where this “Lamb” imagery comes from, think back to the first Passover. God was preparing to send the tenth and final plague against the Egyptians to loosen the iron grip on God’s people, so Pharaoh would release them from slavery and let them go. In anticipation of this plague, the Lord instructed each family of Israel to take a lamb, kill it, and sprinkle some of its blood on their doorposts. “For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt.” But “the blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:12–13).
You and I, of course, living in our culture, where we buy our meat at the market, would likely have balked at just the part about killing the lamb. In fact, “these things took place as examples for us” (1 Corinthians 10:6a)—as a picture for us today. But even they, who were accustomed to slaughtering their own animals for food, may have had a hard time seeing any need for slathering its blood over the door of their house. I’m not doing that, you can almost hear them saying. I’ll have to clean it up later. And what good is it for, anyway? I don’t need blood on my house to save me.
Yes, that part did take a bit of faith. But God gave them an opportunity to choose. Doubt or faith? Good enough without the blood? Or were they in need of the blood, the way His Word said? Was the blood of the lamb—“without blemish” (Exodus 12:5)—really necessary?
Far more than we’d like to admit, faith is a choice. You choose to believe in the sports teams you follow. You choose to believe your employer will compensate you for your work. You choose to believe the gas in your tank will get you to your destination, and you choose to believe the chair you’re about to sit in will hold you. You choose to believe. And if you don’t believe, you’ve chosen not to believe.
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” The One who knows our true heart and knows our true thoughts—who knows the good front we put up and knows we believe ourselves to be better than we are—has provided a Lamb whose blood can fit us for heaven. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Your faith belongs in the Lamb. And then you’ll belong with Him forever.
Heavenly Father, thank You for providing a Lamb. Thank You for answering my unanswerable question, for fixing the problem in me that had no other solution. I can never be good enough. I cannot do anything unless You change me and work within me. I am nothing without the blood of Jesus. So I worship You today for sending Your Son to save me, for passing over the enormity of my guilt and placing it all on Him, in the name of Jesus, the Lamb of God, amen.
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